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The Rev

Williamsport, MD, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Awful German Language

    • UNABRIDGED (49 mins)
    • By Mark Twain
    • Narrated By Cathy Dobson
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Mark Twain's classic satire on the German language. A must read for anybody learning German or living in a German-speaking country. "The Germans have another kind of parenthesis, which they make by splitting a verb in two and putting half of it at the beginning of an exciting chapter and the other half at the end of it. Can anyone conceive of anything more confusing than that?"

    Sandra says: "This is a terrific piece of writing!"
    "Die Storyestmosthilariouslyfunnying"
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    Great Twain. Sarcastic, but oh so true. How many words can YOU stick together? Hint - the Germans will beat you every time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose and the Thorn: The Riyria Chronicles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Michael J. Sullivan
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2060)
    Performance
    (1906)
    Story
    (1909)

    For more than a year, Royce Melborn has tried to forget Gwen DeLancy, the woman who saved him and his partner, Hadrian Blackwater, from certain death. Unable to get her out of his mind, the two thieves return to Medford but receive a very different reception - Gwen refuses to see them. The victim of abuse by a powerful noble, she suspects that Royce will ignore any danger in his desire for revenge. By turning the thieves away, Gwen hopes to once more protect them. What she doesn't realize is what the two are capable of - but she's about to find out.

    Cecil says: "Great Series but don't start here"
    "Great Standalone Sequel"
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    (Not to be confused with a Sandilands squel!)

    I like a good story and the quasi-medieval/premodern mixed setting works. BUT I couldn't put my finger on why I liked this book so much until I realized I was listening to Cary Grant and Victor McLaughlin in their roles as British Lancers in the movie Gunga Din. The Riyria play off each other like the movie characters.
    There is a sense of fun here but there is a darkness which not only cannot be denied, it may be hard to stomach. The heroes aren't super. They get bloodied, they hurt emotionally, they simply screwup at times. This is a darkly fun tale which eludes to more danger and deceit in the next installment. Once you begin to feel the characters, there's no stopping. It becomes a listening obsession until the end when you say, What's next? A dead King? BUT DO read "The Crown Tower" first. If you don't you'll end up doing it anyway! This series has hooked me so it's off to "Riyria Revelations". Later.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nyarlathotep

    • UNABRIDGED (10 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Chris Sorensen
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    During a time of political and social unrest in Egypt, a god-like force, Nyarlathotep, emerges. He travels the land dazzling people with electricity and psychology. While witnesses of this god-like creature encourage others to see him, afterwards, people seem terrified. As the narrator recounts his experiences, he becomes disoriented. By the end of the story, the narrator and the other viewers of Nyarlathotep begin to lose touch with reality.

    Amazon Customer says: "The Crawling Chaos"
    "The Crawling Chaos"
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    Almost typical Lovecraft, yet a bit more horrible. The protagonist battles against the blackness and chaos which is Nyarlathotep. Once the protagonist challenges Nyarlathotep at a lecture all sanity eludes the gathered crowd. Only I am alive to tell the tale......but the gargoyles are staring and . . . . .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memory

    • UNABRIDGED (6 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Leslie Holt Dunn, K. Anderson Yancy
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    In a valley in which the remains of structures are overrun with postapocalyptic plants and animals, two entities wonder what creatures built these crumbling things.

    Amazon Customer says: "Stop the Noise Already"
    "Stop the Noise Already"
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    Great story. Read it a long time ago. Wanted to hear it. Couldn't. The cutesy' artsy-craftsy production was rife with overpowering "background" noise and which was horribly distracting and obfuscating. I couldn't get a thing out of the audio book. AND the credits are longer than the story itself!! Blah.

    "Because some stories aren't meant to be read" - is the producers motto. Ironic I suppose.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ulysses S. Grant: A Victor, Not a Butcher: The Military Genius of the Man Who Won the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Edward H. Bonekemper III
    • Narrated By E. Roy Worley
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Ulysses S. Grant is often accused of being a cold-hearted butcher of his troops. In Ulysses S. Grant: A Victor, Not a Butcher, historian Edward H. Bonekemper III proves that Grant's casualty rates actually compared favorably with those of other Civil War generals. His perseverance, decisiveness, moral courage, and political acumen place him among the greatest generals of the Civil War - indeed, of all military history.

    Amazon Customer says: "Excellent book - ridiculous narration"
    "Excellent book - ridiculous narration"
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    This is a good overall repudiation of the butcher myth for the layman. Fed and nourished by the Southern apologists for the inept General Lee, the butcher blanket was thrown over Grant by Northern Copperheads in an attempt to defeat Lincoln at the polls in 1864. Great book. 5 stars except for the - POOR narration.
    Antietam is pronounced Auntie- eat'em. Seriously. Almost made me wreck the car the first time he mispronounced it, it was so ear shattering. I had to stop and think of what he was saying and it was in the correct context. There are other examples but this is the most jarring. O, and Mono-casey for Monocacy. Okay, I'm from Maryland, but jeesh. And Bullavar for Bolivar? Who edits this stuff?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shatner Rules: Your Key to Understanding the Shatnerverse and the World at Large

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By William Shatner, Chris Regan
    • Narrated By William Shatner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (374)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (347)

    Admit it. You want to BE William Shatner. This collection of rules, illustrated with stories from Bill’s illustrious life and career, will show you how Bill became WILLIAM SHATNER, larger than life and bigger than any role he ever played. Shatner Rules is your guide to becoming William Shatner. Or, more accurately, beautifully Shatneresque.

    colleen says: "I can't believe he's 80!"
    "Bing! Rule - have a listen."
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    William Shatner aka Bill, has become know for his candor. Good dose here! I enjoyed the tales he tells from the perspective of being 80. Of course I loved Up Til Now. Rules isn't a sequel. It's a stand alone memoir containng many threads, culminating in the realization that life looks different from the other side of 80, but isn't any different.

    It's a funny book with only one caveat - Bill gets carried away speaking Esperanto for many minutes and almost drove me crazy. I didn't see any particular reason for it, but he must have enjoyed it. Bing! Rule - say yes to this book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes: The Best of the Comedy-O-Rama Hour, Season One

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Joe Bevilacqua, Daws Butler, Robert J. Cirasa, and others
    • Narrated By Vernon Morris, Henry J. Quinn, Jan Meredith, and others
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Comedy and mystery are happy bedfellows in The Misadventures of Sherlock Holmes. Veteran award winning radio producer Joe Bevilacqua’s ten-part radio theater series pays humorous homage to the classic characters of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The stories are filled with sly references to the original "Canon," as it is called. Even the Baker Street Irregulars and other Holmesian groups and scholars have enjoyed this about the series.

    Amazon Customer says: "Roll Over Doyle"
    "Roll Over Doyle"
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    If the Holmesian canon is sacred to you - avoid this book. If, however, you want a good, sarcastic, ironic, well written AND even say silly pastiche, this is your baby. Nothing is sacred - not even the ideas brought forth from the authors themselves. A right jolly romp. BTW The Giant Rat of Sumatra is finally unhinged - as it were.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Baker Street Letters: A Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Michael Robertson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Reggie and Nigel Heath are relatively close in age but worlds apart in personality. The older of the two brothers, Reggie is a successful attorney with charisma to spare. Nigel has always struggled to step out of his shadow. When Reggie leases space in an office building on London's Baker Street, he finds that the paperwork comes with an odd stipulation: his firm must receive and respond with a standard reply to letters sent to Sherlock Holmes, who had occupied the same famous address.

    Yvette says: "Great concept ..."
    "AAAUUUGGGHHH!!!"
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    Okay, my fault. I read the reviews but obviously didn't pay attention.

    This book has an incredibly intriguing premise, BUT it is incredibly disjointed. It's missing a lot of action or explanation at most points.

    The main character is a jerk in London and compassionate in LA. ?? The original mystery is disposed of disingenuously. The similar to love interest isn't interesting. The climax is unbelievable - in fact most of the LA sequence is unbelievable. Not good. Not good. Not even Simon Vance can save this drivel.

    I see there's a sequel. Do not buy either. I can't believe the authors abilities could possibly have improved much in the short while between publications.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, Volume Six

    • ORIGINAL (4 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By H. P. Lovecraft
    • Narrated By Wayne June
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (109)

    Hailed by literary critics as the inventor of modern-day horror, H. P. Lovecraft is the cultivating force behind such modern writers as Robert Bloch, Wes Craven, and Stephen King. The Dark Worlds of H. P. Lovecraft, is a collection of his best-known tales narrated for the first time by Wayne June. This volume includes At the Mountains of Madness (originally written in 1931), the novella which served as the foundation for his Cthulhu Mythos.

    anthony says: "Wayne June is a Storyteller. Not a narrator."
    "Couldn't read it"
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    No, I couldn't read it. Tried to way back when I read everything Lovecraft wrote. Got through Dream Quest of Unknown Kadeth, but just couldn't finish At the Mountains of Madness. So I bought the audio book (which "includes"" At the Mountains of Madness). I expected it to be one of rather than all of the audiobook. No matter.

    Okay. That said, this is a well narrated book and I I loved it. Wayne June does wonderful characterizations and his timing is excellent. This time I finished the book. I quit sleeping two days ago. Tekaleelee!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Man Who Folded Himself

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By David Gerrold
    • Narrated By Charles Bice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    The Man Who Folded Himself, written in 1973 (and reissued by BenBella in 2003) is a classic science fiction novel by award-winning author David Gerrold. This work was nominated for both Hugo and Nebula awards and is considered by some critics to be the finest time travel novel ever written.

    Russell says: "One of my first tastes of trues science fiction"
    "Ah, no."
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    No, this isn't as good as Heilein. It isn't as good as some Orson Scott Card. In fact it isn't very good at all. A good premise is ruined by obsessive scenes of male-male and male-female sex. Seems Gerrold let a good idea become a rambling self absorbed monologue. Use your credits for something like Time Travelers Never Die and let Gerrold bask in his own wishful thinking. I'm finishing listening to it as I write. I will finish it since I wasted a credit on it.

    10 of 17 people found this review helpful

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